Kobe Active Aging Research Hub (KAARb) Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University

Tsurukabuto active aging and community project

Year
2010 to 2020
Menmber
Okada S, Kondo N, Chogahara M, Katagiri K, Masumoto K, Harada K, external researchers
Outline
This project aims to create an intergenerational, healthy, and safe community in Tsurukabuto (a suburban area developed in 1960’s to 1970’s). In this project, we think that our university can play a central role to create it. We plan to provide monthly social events (“academic salon”) to people living in this community. The “academic salon” will promote social interactions among the community, develop community leaders, and empower their community activities.

Quantitative measurement and visualization of social networks amongst community-dwelling elderly people

Year
2015 to 2017
Menmber
Masumoto K, Okada S, Kondo N, Chogahara M, Katagiri K, Kimura T, Furutani M, 4 external researchers
Outline
Social networks in the community are essential for solving problems caused by the aging society. This project is aimed to quantitatively measure face-to-face interactions and to visualize social networks among community-dwelling elderly people by using a wearable sensor technology device. Quantified actual communication behaviors would allow identification of core persons having many interactions and of isolated persons having only a few interactions within the community. Such data would be useful for conducting efficient interventions for promoting social networks.

Health support based on gender and individual difference

Year
2015 to 2019
Menmber
Kondo N, Okada S, Nakamura H, Furutani M, Inoue M, Saito S, Kimura T, Sato K, Harada K
Outline
This project focuses on a support of health behaviors associated with diet, sleep and exercise based on gender and individual difference. In addition, the project will investigate environments that would change behaviors to healthy ones.

The project of improvement and maintenance of physiological systems in older aged subjects

Year
2015 to 2020
Menmber
Kimura T, Sato K, external researchers
Outline
For improvement and maintenance of physiological systems in older individuals, we will investigate the governing condition of neural control for postural balance and muscle function. The work will be based on our previous basic studies as well as the aspect of applied physiology, exercise physiology, biochemistry, biomechanics and bioengineering.

Everyday activities and health of the urban elderly community: International comparative study project

Year
2015 to 2017
Menmber
Katagiri K, Fukuzawa A, foreign researchers
Outline
The purpose of this project is to examine the daily activity of urban senior citizens, especially extremely old people. This includes understanding what kind of activity do they engage in, how often and what factors are important to enable them to be more active? We will explore how their daily activities contribute to their emotion and health and compare this information across other Asian countries (Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore).

Sustainable municipal solid waste management project for super-aging society

Year
2015 to 2016
Menmber
Tabata T, Katagiri K
Outline
This study aims to analyze environmental and economic impacts of the local governments’ garbage collection and treatment system, taking into account the increase of elderly people in the population and the resulting change in garbage segregation behavior. This study will propose sustainable municipal solid waste treatment measures for local governments for super-aging society through surveys and future prediction of inhabitants' garbage segregation behavior.

A research on legacy creation triggered by the Kansai World Masters Games 2021

Year
2015 to 2022
Menmber
Chogahara M, Okada S, Kondo N, Katagiri K, Masumoto K, 3 external reserachers
Outline
The international sport for life event is being hosted in the Kansai area in 2021. We aim to evaluate the legacy created by hosting such an event which targets adults/middle aged and elderly communities. Through action research we will monitor and evaluate the legacy created in promoting healthy activities.

Elucidation of aging effects on decision making and development of a lifelong learning program for autonomy

Year
2015 to 2017
Menmber
Masumoto K, 2 external researchers
Outline
Elderly adults have to make many difficult and important decisions (e.g., financial choice, treatment choice). This project is aimed to elucidate biases on decision making in elderly adults and to develop a learning program for adequate decision making without regrets.

The examination of activating active aging brought about by the Masters Koshien

Year
2015 to 2017
Menmber
Chogahara M, 3 external researchers
Outline
This research aims to verify the various active aging effects brought about through the hosting of the regional qualifying games and the national Masters Koshien. The aim of these events is to expand high school baseball alumni groups, and present possibilities and sporting activities for life promotion focusing towards an active aged culture with organized support from sports alumni associations.

Third age project

Year
2015 to 2019
Menmber
Katagiri K, 2 external researchers
Outline
As Japan is the most aged society in the world, we observe varieties among the elderly population. Special attentions have been paid to Dankai sedai (Japanese baby boomers, born in between 1947-1949) because they are much different from previous generations. We examine their life style, attitude, social activities and work, and create a new social role for senior citizens.

Intergenerational project

Year
2015 to 2019
Menmber
Katagiri K, 1 external researcher, 1 foreign researcher
Outline
It is often pointed out that strong bonds, such as family and community, are attenuating. This phenomenon poses serious social problems and one of which is depriving people’s opportunities of intergenerational interaction. We investigate its state and its effects by comparing Japan and Ireland. We will explore how universities can contribute to promote intergenerational interaction.

The role of multiple property ownership in aging societies

Year
2017 to 2019
Menmber
Hirayama Y, 1 external researcher
Outline
In many aging societies, there has been an increase in the number of the owners of multiple residential properties, where additional houses have, in considerable cases, provided them with opportunities to obtain rental incomes. In this study, we focus on the role of multiple property ownership in maintaining the stability of aging societies.

Active living and health promotion

Year
2017 to 2020
Menmber
Harada K, Kondo N, internal researchers, external researchers
Outline
This project aims to clarify determinants of initiation and maintenance of active living from an interdisciplinary perspective, and to develop effective strategies to promote active living among older adults.

Evaluation for active life, extension of healthy life expectancy and prevention of dementia

Year
2017 to 2020
Menmber
Kondo N, Masumoto K, Kimura T, Sato K, Harada K, Internal researchers, external researchers
Outline
There is a key point that active life would extend healthy life expectancy and prevent dementia. This project aims to build a database for active life with long span aging by a new method. Also, we try to develop a new index of active life based on the database.